An extremely readable nineteenth century script or - probably - substitute?

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An extremely readable nineteenth century script or - probably - substitute?
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Hi there,

Any one of you chaps know how I can present a long letter, as if handwritten by a woman a hundred and fifty years ago (or so - plenty of leeway) that can be smoothly read? I know there are lots of good period scripts out there (I rather like three island’s emilyaustin for example), but of course unreadable strain for more than a few lines. What can I do? Use a plantin or somesuch and kiss off any suggestion of a letter effect? Or is there some weird hybrid period-piece script-serif (for indeed the ‘letter effect’ can be served by the vaguest of hints) I can use that you might know of?

Many thanks for reading.

Dronbo

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The styles of handwriting 150-300 years ago were so different than today's that any might be difficult to read today. Well, at least they HAD style.

Just a few off the top of my head

Cezanne
Spencerian Scripts are nice but more formal
Abbeyline (free)

Or possibly one of the Staunton scripts:
http://www.p22.com/sherwoodtype/stauntonscripts.html

- Herb

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If this is in the context of a book or a magazine, I’d consider just setting the passage in italics and indenting both margins to separate it from the rest of the content.

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One of the loveliest script/semiscripts I have come across is one called Grolier, which one may presume had to do with the Grolier Society, who published a great set of children's books in the early twentieth century, called The Book of Knowledge—which it was. In fact, it was twelve books of knowledge, along with a lot of things to make and do—which were in a surprising apt volume by themselves, entitled…guess what?

Anyhow, Grolier is one typeface I would dearly love to tackle, but complete enough specimens are VERY hard to come by. However, IF anyone else has seen the potential that I see in this typeface and has gotten to it before me—no fair—I would recommend it highly. The original also included some fancy caps, which made a good thing even better. If that is possible to do. Which it often is. But not always.

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Worst case, there are Signet Roundhand and the Shelley Script series.

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Thanks so far. I think readability is going to be a problem with any script though (Cezanne, for example, I have - lovely - but using it for more than a few lines is out of the question). Frode Frank’s solution is ingenious and new (to me) - I think I’ll try that (can’t find Grolier alas).